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Ji Chang Wook Continues To Rise As China’s Favorite New Hallyu Star

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Ji Chang Wook Continues To Rise As China’s Favorite New Hallyu Star


(Photo : Glorious Entertainment)

Actor Ji Chang Wook is one of the leading K-Drama breakout stars in 2015. His popularity in China is reflected through his status as a trending Hallyu star on Weibo. 

On February 25, the Korean outlet Top Star News released a report which compiled the top 15 Korean actors and idols on Sina Weibo. The actor topped the list as one of the most talked about Hallyu stars on the social media service, which incorporates aspects of SNS applications like Twitter with the functionality of Tumblr or Blogger.

Roundtable: Get Your Bracket On!

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Roundtable: Get Your Bracket On!
Roundtable: Get Your Bracket On! Written by Seoulbeats On February 27, 2015

The Seoulbeats March Madness Showdown is underway! For those readers that are having trouble filling out their bracket predictions survey, we’ve got the inside scoop you need to turn your bracket from bust to boom. See what our panel of experts have to say about their predictions for the competition and use their educated guesses to help guide yours.

This week, we specifically asked: What are some potentially intriguing matchups to watch out for? Which underdog is most likely to pull off a surprising upset? Who are the clear favorites to win the whole thing? Which idols are you betting on?

Upcoming boy group Monsta X”s greeting for Lunar New Year

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Upcoming boy group Monsta X”s greeting for Lunar New Year


On February 18th, Starship Entertainment uploaded a video featuring their upcoming boy group Monsta X.

On the video, the boys of Monsta X, which include Jooheon, I.M, Shownu,Wonho, Hyungwon, Minkhyuk and Kihyun, greeted everyone on Lunar New Year both in Korean and English.

"Monsta" means the group’s capable of becoming monsters as K-pop idols, and "X" stands for the unknown.

Watch below:





written by: loveluytakyo@dkpopnews.net SOURCE: starshipTV

Roundtable: The Annual Valentine’s Chocolate Game!

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Roundtable: The Annual Valentine’s Chocolate Game!
Roundtable: The Annual Valentine’s Chocolate Game! Written by Seoulbeats On February 13, 2015

It’s that time of the year again!

The K-pop gods have, for some reason, granted you the opportunity to give a Valentine’s Day gift to all the members of your Hallyu bias list. You slave away, hand-making chocolate for your bias list and your efforts pay off. Unfortunately, the chocolates are so delicious that you get carried away with the taste-testing.

You realize too late that you’ve eaten pretty much all of the chocolate — only three pieces are left. You look at the measly amount sitting on the kitchen bench, then at your bias list. After hurriedly beseeching the K-pop gods to magically multiply your now-pitiful stash (which doesn’t work, by the way) you come to the realization that, this year, you may have to be a bit more economical with your love.

Park Shin Hye Is Gorgeous In Her Pictorial For AGATHA

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Park Shin Hye Is Gorgeous In Her Pictorial For AGATHA


(Photo : AGATHA Paris)

Park Shin Hye presents her natural beauty in her latest photo shoot for AGATHA, which was released on February 10.

AGATHA is a French jewelry brand which is one of many endorsement opportunities for the Hallyu star. Her other major endorsements include her recent appearance as the spokesperson for Visa within the Asian market and Rapido in China.

In the pictorial, the actress exhibits her captivating smile and relaxed appearance.The shoot is focused on the delicate jewelry which is ornamental while not seeming to overpower the star. Her features are accentuated through the jewelry.

Introducing Rising Child Star Kim Hyun Soo

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Introducing Rising Child Star Kim Hyun Soo

Have you ever seen a drama and wondered about the child actors that often play the younger versions of the characters? At times viewers think they’ve done such an excellent job that they should earn a main lead one day? Sometimes child actors can have longer resumes than their adult colleagues and one such actress who has been slowly building up her credits is 14 year-old Kim Hyun Soo. Even if you don’t know her name, you’ve seen her face in a drama or two and even a few movies starring alongside names such as Gong Yoo and Joo Won. Let’s take a look at a few of her roles.

Roundtable: Variety Shows Filmed in Foreign Places

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Roundtable: Variety Shows Filmed in Foreign Places
Roundtable: Variety Shows Filmed in Foreign Places Written by Seoulbeats On February 5, 2015

At some point, the idea of idols or celebrities being in our countries is thrilling. The opportunity to have some sort of thread to a group via their visit to a foreign setting naturally lends towards a connection with that group for the sake of their physical presence occupying a place you’ve been. It’s also a practice in observing which features were chosen as highlights for production, as we’ve discussed in previous articles and a Roundtable.

Park Won Sook

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Park Won Sook

Name: 박원숙 / Park Won Sook (Park Won Suk)
Profession: Actress
Birthdate: 1949-Jan-19
Height: 165cm
Weight: 57kg
Star sign: Capricorn

TV Shows

Bachelor’s Vegetable Store (Channel A, 2011)
Lights and Shadows (MBC, 2011)
Poseidon (KBS2, 2011)
Can’t Live With Losing (MBC, 2011)
The Greatest Love (MBC, 2011)
Smile, Mom (SBS, 2010)
Three Sisters (SBS, 2010)
City of Glass (SBS, 2008)
The Lawyers of The Great Republic Korea (MBC, 2008)
Winter Bird (MBC, 2007)
How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor (SBS, 2007)
The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (MBC, 2007)
Miracle (MBC, 2006)
Love Can’t Wait (MBC, 2006)
My Sweetheart My Darling (KBS1, 2005)
Tropical Nights in December (MBC, 2004)
Miss Kim Makes 1 Million (SBS, 2004)
The Immortal Lee Soon-Shin (KBS1, 2004)
She Is Nineteen (SBS, 2004)
A Problem at My Younger Brother’s House (SBS, 2003)
Into the Storm (SBS, 2003)
Escape From Unemployment (SBS, 2003)
Pearl Necklace (KBS2, 2003)
All In (SBS, 2003)
Rival (SBS, 2002)
To Be With You (KBS1, 2002)
Romance (MBC, 2002)
Wuri’s Family (MBC, 2001)
Tender Hearts (KBS1, 2001)
Her House (MBC, 2001)
Still Love (SBS, 2001)
All About Eve (MBC, 2000)
Foolish Love (KBS2, 2000)
Days of Delight (MBC, 1999)
Loving You (MBC, 1999)
Tomato (SBS, 1999)
Roses and Bean Sprouts (MBC, 1999)
Blushing With Love (MBC, 1999)
Red Azalea (KBS2, 1998)
Wish Upon A Star (MBC, 1997)
You and I (MBC, 1997)
LA Arirang (SBS, 1995)

Roundtable: Rumors of 2015

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Roundtable: Rumors of 2015
Roundtable: Rumors of 2015 Written by Seoulbeats On January 23, 2015

We’ve talked a lot about everything crazy that happened in 2014, but it’s time to move on from the drama and start looking forward. Every year, we speculate about what might happen the following year: which group will make a comeback? What collaborations will we see? How will this next year shock us more than the last (probably impossible)? This year, as one of those golden nuggets of rumors, we’ve got a list of rumored agency plans for the rest of 2015. Based on this list, we asked our writers this week:

5 Things I LOVED in K-pop: 2014

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5 Things I LOVED in K-pop: 2014
5 Things I LOVED in K-pop: 2014 Written by Johnelle On January 16, 2015

It feels not so long ago that I put together my picks for the best 5 Things of 2013 so it’s hard to believe that 2014 is over and that we are well on our way into 2015. 2014 was a tumultuous year with joy and sorrow, good and bad, love and hate. The following are the Things I LOVED the most about 2014 in the K-popiverse.

5. Surviving the K-popcalypse

We should’ve known that 2014 was going to be a rocky year for K-pop when on the first day of the year Lee Seung-gi and SNSD‘s  Yoona were revealed to be dating. It was a rough year for Korea’s premiere girl group as soon after Sooyoung and actor Jung Kyung-ho, Tiffany and 2PM‘s Nichkhun and leader Taeyeon and Exo‘s Baek-hyun were all also revealed to be dating. Hyoyeon was charged with assault by her ex-boyfriend, and then the unthinkable–Jessica was booted from Girls Generation.

Roundtable: To Airport or Not To Airport?

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Roundtable: To Airport or Not To Airport?
Roundtable: To Airport or Not To Airport? Written by Seoulbeats On January 15, 2015

Fans meeting their idols as they get off the plane in a foreign country is great — in theory.

We’d like to think it is a ceremony of welcome that makes the idols feel more at home in a new place and makes them appreciate the love and dedication of their fans. And sometimes, that’s exactly what happens; fans stand a respectful distance away and hold up signs that say “we love you,” never invading the idols personal space.

Under the Dazzling “Hollywood Sky”

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Under the Dazzling “Hollywood Sky”
Under the Dazzling “Hollywood Sky” Written by Willis On January 14, 2015

There could be something said about the parallels of old Hollywood with the K-pop industry of today. In “Hollywood Sky,” Jihoon Yang, Heather Dasom Kyung and Lanino J come together to sing of the everyday lives of the people struggling to make it through on the streets of Hollywood. It is not the glamorous romanticized fantasy, but an intimate glance at a dreamer’s hopeful reality.

SB End-Of-Year Review: Best Album of 2014

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SB End-Of-Year Review: Best Album of 2014
SB End-Of-Year Review: Best Album of 2014 Written by Camiele On January 6, 2015

2014 can best be defined as the year in which the K-pop industry all but imploded. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of positives to take away. From domestic abuse to adultery and blackmail; idols leaving their companies to idols passing away, it was a tough year to get through, quite honestly. However, amid all the madness that seemed to cloud K-pop in 2014, the one bright light was the one thing we’re all truly here for: the music. There was some truly incredible work coming from South Korea. It was nigh on impossible for our panel to narrow down the options to just three full-length and three mini-albums. However, there’s one thing we were pretty much unanimous about: the veterans killed the music scene this year, and they’ve got the sales and chart presence to prove it.

7 Actors Who Should Be Leading Men in 2015

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7 Actors Who Should Be Leading Men in 2015
7 Actors Who Should Be Leading Men in 2015 Written by Joyce On January 2, 2015

2014 saw a lot of breakout performances by newly-minted leading men in drama land, with the likes of Im Siwan, Park Seo-joon, and Choi Jin-hyuk proving their worth with the winning opportunities they have been granted with. It’s heartening to see that success comes to those who wait (and work hard), even if a good eye for scripts and a dash of luck plays a huge role in their journey to leading men. Similarly, there are a handful of actors who have been steadily building up their resume with memorable supporting characters, and we hope that 2015 will be their year to take the lead in drama-land. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the six actors with the potential to be leading men.

K-pop Throwback: Eleven Years Since TVXQ in “Hug”

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K-pop Throwback: Eleven Years Since TVXQ in “Hug”
K-pop Throwback: Eleven Years Since TVXQ in “Hug” Written by Joyce On January 1, 2015

Welcome to this edition of K-pop Throwback! On the 26th of December, TVXQ celebrated their 11th anniversary with their career still going strong, which is indeed no mean feat for a K-pop group. For Cassies, TVXQ’s anniversary always holds a bittersweet memory, since the boys have indeed experienced a tumultuous journey to get to where they are now. Even though the boys now coexist as TVXQ and JYJ, it’s comforting to see that all members still fondly look upon their days as five.

Lee Si Young

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Lee Si Young

Name: 이시영 / Lee Si Young (Yi Shi Yeong)
Profession: Actress, model and singer
Birthdate: 1982-Apr-17
Birthplace: South Korea
Height: 169cm
Weight: 48kg
Star sign: Aries
Blood type: B
Talent agency: GnG Production & Management

TV Series

Wild Romance (KBS2, 2012)
Poseidon (KBS2, 2011)
Mischievous Kiss (MBC, 2010)
The Birth of the Rich (KBS2, 2010)
Loving You a Thousand Times (SBS, 2009)
Hateful But Once Again (KBS2, 2009) cameo
Boys Before Flowers (KBS2, 2009)
The Kingdom of The Winds (KBS2, 2008)

The Rise Of Cable In K-dramaland: A Couch Kimchi Roundtable

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The Rise Of Cable In K-dramaland: A Couch Kimchi Roundtable

CABLE VS. THE BIG 3

Rinchan: The three major networks have been around longer and have a far greater audience base. That is why when we look at ratings, we become happy if a cable drama receives 4% because that’s a big success, but if a Big 3 drama earns the same number, then we know it’s in danger of erratic changes or worse, being cut.

Goodange: Yep, the measurement of performance is interestingly different between the major networks and cable stations. “Misaeng,” which started off with a decent 2%-3% ratings, was averaging 7%-8% towards the end of its run, and that’s on par with the performance of KBS’s “The King’s Face.” With that kind of comparable convergence, I don’t think we have to wait long for cable channels to be measured by the same standards as the Big 3.

Say What?! Mishandled Controversies of 2014

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Say What?! Mishandled Controversies of 2014
Say What?! Mishandled Controversies of 2014 Written by Cjontai On December 20, 2014

The entertainment industry will always be filled with controversies and drama, but what cannot always be predicted is the public’s response to them.

2014 played out like an outrageous K-drama — If someone had mentioned the level of crazy that would occur, most of us would’ve probably slept in a cryogenic chamber until 2015.

To be fair, everyone involved is human and prone to fallacy. Issues are bound to pop up because of misunderstandings, but at the forefront of it all, are the companies. In K-entertainment, image extends beyond the physical. It’s about maintaining an illusion of perfection and purity that, quite frankly, is inconceivable.

SB End-Of-Year Review: The Best Dramas Of 2014

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SB End-Of-Year Review: The Best Dramas Of 2014
SB End-Of-Year Review: The Best Dramas Of 2014 Written by Seoulbeats On December 18, 2014

2014 was a year when we saw everything from alien to liars to remakes in the drama-sphere. Export prices for dramas shot up the roof this past year, and it’s a good reminder that the Korean wave is more than just about music and idols, as Korean dramas certainly have their own attraction as they actually appeal to a wider range of audience, young and old. Following up from the mid-year review, the drama fanatics on the team are back to bring you our thoughts and feelings on 2014′s showing.

G-Dragon graces the cover of “Vogue Korea” with his stylish curly hair

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G-Dragon graces the cover of “Vogue Korea” with his stylish curly hair

G-Dragon continues to be a fashion icon as the next idol to pose for Vogue KoreaYG Entertainment released official photos of the fashion icon through their SNS accounts, and revealed two black and white covers of the fashion magazine.

The fashionista poses for the camera wearing a bomber jacket with eye-catching pants, decorated in statement accessories. BIGBANG’s leader was also shown in a white themed outfit, paired with black leather bottoms as he posed next to a model.